Former Malaysian international Yogendran Khrishnan pulled an upset to beat top seeded Chinese Taipei shuttler Hsu Jen Hao 23-21, 21-14 in the final of the men’s singles of the Yonex-Sunrise Bangladesh Open International Badminton Challenge at the Shaheed Sohrawardi Indoor Stadium yesterday.
However Pai Hsiao Ma, the top seeded Chinese Taipei woman faced no difficulty to win against Saili Rane of India 21-10, 21-13 in the women’s singles.
The final arrived as a golden day for Khrishnan, who in his peak was the 26th ranked player in the world in 2006. He retired from the international circuit in 2008 and became a coach. He also brought seven budding Malaysian players and two New Zealand players from his academy for the meet. “I played in the tournament for two reasons, to test where I stand now and to motivate my students. It’s definitely a big motivation for them to see that their coach won a title. I believe they will also try to win titles very soon,” said Yogendran.
Yogendran is not a tourist in Dhaka as he has played in Dhaka badminton league for two clubs. “It’s my fourth visit to Dhaka, I played for Knit Concern in 2010 and Dewan Textiles and I also have idea about the Bangladesh badminton,” he said.
“I think Bangladesh has the talents, but no consistent training program, without the consistent training program it almost impossible to flourish in the international circuit, my realisation is in 2010 the standards were higher than the present, maybe all those players have got old and the pipeline was not adequate. In our country the players can get consistent training in both national and club levels,” added Yogendran.
The title was not a new one for Yogendran as he has earlier won Malaysian national junior, Australian Open, New Zealand Open in his heydays.
Hsu Jen Hao, the student of National Sports University liked the overall atmosphere of and said Bangladesh players need improved training to flourish.
However it was a heart break for Indian Saili Rane who was looking forward to win the title. The Mumbai girl, an amid follower of Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal, tried her best but could not match the prowess of her Taipei opponent who deservedly won the title.
Liang Jui Wei and Liao Kuan Hao Chinese Taipei became the champions in the men’s double event with a 21-13, 21-14 points victory over their compatriots Hung Ying Yuan and Cheng Heng Su in the final.
Meanwhile in the women’s doubles, Indian pair Prajakta Sawant and Arathi Sara Sunil defeated their countrymen Dhanya Nair and Mohita Sahdev by 22-20, 15-4 to win the title.